[ kon-too-muh-see, -tyoo- ]
/ ˈkɒn tʊ mə si, -tyʊ- /

noun, plural con·tu·ma·cies.

stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.

Origin of contumacy

1150–1200; Middle English contumacie < Latin contumācia, equivalent to contumāc-, stem of contumāx unyielding, stubborn (con- con- + -tum- of uncertain sense, though connected by classical authors with both contemnere to regard with contempt and tumēre to swell) + -āx adj. suffix) + -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈkɒntjʊməsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

obstinate and wilful rebelliousness or resistance to authority; insubordination; disobedience
the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order

Word Origin for contumacy

C14: from Latin contumācia, from contumāx obstinate; related to tumēre to swell, be proud
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